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  • Article: Aug 11, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    RS Norbury, p34 in last week's Chronicle, is entitled to his views, as is everybody else.

    It is when he starts speaking on behalf of others as he did when he stated, "It is about time that they started acting for the good of the country", when referring to those who voted to remain in the EU that his views cannot go unchallenged.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    An internal Brexit impact report by Dover District Council reveals that there are "inadequate facilities to inspect and store food" and "no facilities to park vehicles waiting for examination". Such checks have not taken place since 1992 when the E.U.'s Single Market was established.

    Neither Dover, nor the Channel Tunnel, are designated "Border Inspection Posts" for products of animal origin, but both are likely to be required after a "hard" Brexit, according to the report. The nearest "Border Inspection Points" are at Southampton and Folkestone.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I write concerning your "Open Debate" article in last week's Chronicle, about improving our bus network.

    One of the issues is that Cheshire East does not run buses, though it can subsidise non-commercial routes.

    Seeing buses with hardly anyone on them is a common sight and must partly explain the lack of support for them.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your recent article about safe journeys and parking at our local schools, one item seems to have been omitted.

    I remember when I was young, my parents with others organised rosters so that they shared the task of delivering and collecting us from our primary schools.

    As well as reducing pollution and congestion around the schools, this helped build some social networks.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The proposals for Brexit, as thrashed out at Chequers by our Prime Minister, will be a disaster for our country as they fail to protect the services sector of the U.K. economy which accounts for about 80% of our G.D.P. The financial services sector alone directly employs about 1.1 million people and in 2017 contributed £ 27.3 billion to the Exchequer. Catherine McGuinness, the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation stated that the Chequers Plan was a real blow for the U.K.'s financial and related professional services sector and warned that the sector would be less able to create jobs, generate tax and support growth across the wider economy. Of 222 financial service companies tracked by Ernst and Young more than a third have said they are considering or have confirmed that they are transferring operations and/or staff from the U.K. to the E.U.

  • Article: Aug 2, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Theresa May, in her of role of Chairwoman of the Conservative Party, at the 2002 Party Conference described the Conservative Party as the "Nasty" Party.

    Since then with Theresa May as Home Secretary for six years and then Prime Minister for another two years, the Conservative Party has taken a significant further shift to the right.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I note that your article on the Brexit White Paper in last week's Chronicle contains a quote by our MP Fiona Bruce that, "my overriding reason for voting as I did was to recover our sovereignty".

    Many people did likewise, though perhaps not completely understanding the full implications of doing so.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2018
    By Clr Rod Fletcher in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Editor,

    It is now over six months since you published the Story Labour Councillors call for car parking charges to be introduced in Alsager and Sandbach.

    Some Local Labour members continue to insist that I may have misunderstood what was reported. Having listened to the recording of the meeting where the reported remarks were made ,I believe the Chronicle article to be accurate and factually correct What's more there is an issue about the tone in which the reported comments were made.

  • Article: Jul 26, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Jacob Rees-Mogg has now said on Channel 4 News, "Brexit is a very complex set of circumstances. We will not know the full economic consequences for a very long time.......50 years".

    Am I the only one who failed to spot this warning on the side of the "infamous" red bus ?

    Yours faithfully,

    Robert Douglas,

  • Article: Jul 20, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to express my appreciation to all those who contributed to making Saturday's concert in Congleton Town Hall such a pleasurable experience.

    Congleton Choral Society surpassed even its own high standards, providing an evening of exceptional entertainment.

    Everything, from the layout of the hall to the talented ensemble and soloists, came together to provide an evening of immense enjoyment.